Haydn’s sponsor for the Paris symphonies was Claude-François-Marie Rigolet, Comte d'Ogny, an aristocrat and France’s Postmaster General. The ensemble intended to create the symphonies was the Paris-based Concert de la loge 'Olympique' (trans. Orchestra of the 'Olympic' (Masonic) Lodge), made up of well-over 50 professional and amateur musicians - an extraordinary size of orchestra for the time. (Haydn's own ensemble at Eszterháza was never larger than about 25 total.). According to composer Luigi Cherubini, who participated in the orchestra, the finest musicians in Paris performed in the premieres of the symphonies, and received them with "rapture".